Pretty good as far as fast food goes. Decent falafel, cold be a little crisper, but still warm, pleasant hummous. For a meal deal under £5, one gets a go at the salad bar as well for a number of marinated vegetables, e.g. shredded carrots, pickled cauliflower, chlli peppers, purple cabbage etc... Not great but not bad. Nice hot sauces. Also comes with decent fries, could obviously be more crisp if they want to follow to Belgian model. garlic and yogurt sauces are a pretty good substitute for ketchup here. Not like I'm dying to go back or anything, but remarkably decent.
A passable chanpon, which is ramen topped with a stir-fried mix of seafood small shrimp, mussels, clams, all fairly fresh) and vegetables. The soup stock is simple and nothing to write home about. Noodles have a tiny touch of al dente, but not the natural springy quality of handmade ones.
• Fernandez and Wells
Ironically, I came across this place while checking out Mildred's, a vegetarian place recommended by a CH friend. Not a speck of green - stark white walls, blackboards, black and white pictures and hams. Lovely coppa with a confident rosy flavour, salty with a natural hint of sweetness. I really enjoyed the deep sourness of the chorizo, but wished for a touch more of red spiciness. Solid salami - stiff and dense, pleasant flavour. The cured meats were all from the Pyrenees, hence a slight difference in the chorizo. Good toasted bread, nice rustic crust, drizzled to a clean tasting olive oil. Drank a flinty dry white from Perigord, with a concentrated middle and a light refreshing finish, the acidity perfect for this type of grazing. Would be back if I was hanging out in the nabe.
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